Copy an Audio CD?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Lord Bodak, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Lord Bodak macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2003
    Chesapeake, VA USA
    Help! All I want to do is copy an audio CD for my car's CD changer.

    I tried Disk Copy to make an image, and burned it, but the end result isn't an audio CD, it seems to be a CD full of AIFF's.

    I could import into iTunes and then burn the playlist, but that would mean converting to AAC or MP3 and so it's not an exact copy of the disk.

    I'm sure Toast could do it, but there must be some way built-in, isn't there?

  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: Copy an Audio CD?

    iTunes -> Preferences -> Importing -> AIFF
    Rip CD with iTunes
    Burn to a new CD

    AIFF is uncompressed. It's as close to an exact copy as you'll get. **


    ** bit of trivia. I believe RedBook (Audio CDs) doesn't use error correction, so when you copy a CD, it may not be a bit-for-bit exact due to possible errors introduced on reads.... but this is not of practical importance.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    There's a Linux app called cdparanoia that apparently makes a 100% accurate copy.

    Also, instead of ripping with iTunes, you could just drag the AIFFs onto your HD using Finder. But you'd probably need to still use iTunes to write them back to CD afterwards.
  4. Sabenth macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    Arn your full of info dont know how or why you even fill your mind with half the stuff that you do but thanks for that little bit of info your right by the way

    As for cd copying iTunes aiff dose the job great but then again so dose toast

    wish cd archtect was out on Mac makes life easier still

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